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So i find i have to run gunny already at 3 months to keep her calm.  What do you all do to keep your pups drained of energy?  I live in michigan and winter is just around the corner...personally i am more hermit like in the winter.  Lore is tiny and i can wear her out with a tennis ball in the hallway.  I am considering a treadmill...anyone else have ideas? Is there something your dobes love to do for excersie?  She will be working on obedience training but that's not gonna be enough.  Anywhoo i look forward to your ideas.

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I used to take Dallas  hiking once  a week on top of our daily walks but winter was hard.  We had t cut our walks short as the snow and ice piles up walking space gets less.  We played snowball catch in the yard and when it was safe I took for walks on the snowmobile trais.  The nerest dog park for us is a 45min. drive so twice a month I would take down to the store and for a good run out in the park.

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I'm in Michigan, too!

The temptation to be a hermit in the winter is strong with me as well, but my dogs would never allow that. We walk every day for about an hour - sometimes more. That said, I live in the country and have lots of dirt roads to walk on from here.

I actually prefer winter to the hot muggy summer days - those are the days we don't go for a long, because it's just too darn hot. It's very rare that it's been too cold to go in the winter - it's got to be below zero with the wind chill before I cut a walk short.

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Look for any near-by dog parks and let her loose.  For Echo, I take her to the dog park every weekend, it's a 35 minute drive one-way (I'm hoping they build one closer soon!).  On work days it's long walks once in the morning before work and then again after I get home from work.  When she exhibits signs of cabin-fever, I take out the four wheeler and let her chase me on that ... Interesting segue is that I found out that dang dog can easily run at 30 MPH ... I was a bit surprised by that to say the least.

In winter running through snow drifts should tire her out in short order.  Good luck ... Maybe you could rig up a harness and teach her to haul snow?  That would be great exercise both physically and mentally, she is a working dog afterall.

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Mizbullis... just be aware that their growth plates aren't completely closed til around 18 months..

Be careful on hard surfaces and keep running at a minimum on them.

Try to keep Gunny on grass or dirt roads.

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I'm formally from Adrian, MI and we loved our treadmill.  We put Mia on the treadmill at 9 weeks, on very very slow.  She learned quickly as far as coordination and soon was running.  It was a lifesaver during nasty weather.  Now as a 2 year old, if Mia has a lot of energy and we don't, I can put her on the treadmill and she will run on setting 6 for 10 minutes straight.  Then we all are happy!

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Kevin loves the snow and tired out quickly romping through it in the backyard last winter (he was 7-10 months at the time).  We'd walk him in the woods, too.  Fortunately we're active people.  He gets 2 hours of running/walking daily (hikes, woods). But you'll find that draining your pup mentally is equally effective.  Dobermans are considered "medium energy" dogs, so just be glad you don't have a lab! 

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Kate don't worry, i am aware of that. We run mostly in my yard.  I have a good sized yard thankfully.  I live far outside of town and have to drive to do anything with them. 

It's good to hear someone else had luck with a treadmill.  I would benefit from it too lol driving at least 30 min for any form of good place to walk/run/hike has taken it's toll on me. Lol  i am usually more active than i have been since we bought our house.

kim i was more like that when i was younger and lived in a place where i could get out for a walk easily.  The road i live on is narrow and VERY busy.  It is definitely nerve wracking everytime i have walked it.

i love the 4 wheeler idea. Wish i had that much space!